Folk Association of South Hants


About FASH

FASH was set up on the dissolution of the South Hants District of the English Folk Dance and Song Society in 1994. We are still affiliated to EFDSS.


  • Runs a series of workshops and dances throughout the year
  • Runs or directly funds several children's events during the year
  • Makes grants to various local folk organisations and groups for the furtherance of their activities
  • Publishes the monthly newsletter 'Solent Waves' with an extensive listing of events and information.
  • In 2017, sponsored a ceilidh, run to coincide with the Winchester Mayfest

The Objectives of FASH are

  1. To initiate and/or support, and encourage the initiation and/or support by others of, all folk activity in South Hampshire and surrounding areas.

  2. To be a liaison point for folk activity in the District.

Membership of FASH is cheap and easy. It costs just £10 per year and you can find details of our membership secretary on our contacts page. Since membership entitles you to a £3 reduction on any workshops you attend, as well as cheaper advertising in Solent Waves, it is good value. We also offer a £50 season ticket, which includes the membership fee and attendance at the AGM dance. So if you go to 4 workshops and the AGM dance, and join FASH, you are already breaking even; if you attend 5 or more workshops you are making a definite saving. You can download our membership form here.

Requests for financial support for 'Folk' related activities should be sent to the Secretary (see our contacts page). Please provide details of project(s) involved etc. and the telephone number of your Group contact.

We also maintain an email mailing list and can thus send out mass emails to everyone interested with details of the next workshop, as a prompt. We also use this list to tell people if we have any sudden emergency. We have had, very occasionally, to cancel or change workshops, due to heavy snow, flooding or illness. To be included on this list, just send an email to saying whether you wish to be notified of dance events or music events or both.

The General Data Protection Regulation now requires us to state that we keep personal information (such as your e-mail address or your house address) whether it is in a database or e-mail address list, or even as a paper copy, and describe how we use it. It also requires that you 'opt in', i.e. you will need to tell us that you agree to us holding this information. The full text of the FASH Privacy Policy can be read/downloaded here.

We always welcome comments or questions related to folk; feel free to call or email any of the committee members. Everyone is especially welcome at our AGM, usually held in May at Soberton, although the 2021 AGM has been postponed at least until September due to the ongoing situation with Covid-19. The minutes of the 2020 AGM held on 4th October (delayed due to Covid-19 restrictions) can be downloaded here. Links are included to the accounts and the several committee members' reports.

If you think you would like to join the committee and help promote folk activities in our area, please contact any of us via the contacts page.

To read or download a copy of our constitution, click here.